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Embers of Love

by Gowri Bhargav

Between my paused breaths, Mon amour, I yearn,

My vapid eyes shed tears with gnawing pain,

Like wilted roses, piece by piece I fall,

My tarnished verses pine for thy return.


Spring vanished sadly, autumn seems so stern,

A distant winter storm doth brew with rage,

My unheard songs echo in deep despair,

Between my paused breaths, Mon amour, I yearn.


Our soulful hearts with passion once did burn,

The sands of time- it shoved us far apart,

In salvaged embers oft I seek solace,

My tarnished verses pine for thy return.


Between my paused breaths, Mon amour, I yearn,

And garner all redolent moments past,

My tarnished verses pine for thy return.


This poem though written in Villonnet style doesn’t strictly follow iammbic pentameter in a few lines.


Created by D. Allen Jenkins, a Villonnet is a cross between the Villanelle and the Sonnet. It has the Iambic Pentameter of both, but holds the four-stanza/line structure of the sonnet, while utilizing the two-line rhyme nature of the villanelle. The final stanza replaces the sonnet couplet with a typical villanelle tercet. It either keeps the 2 rhymes of the Villanelle or eliminates the second rhyme of the Villanelle, and rhymes only the anterior lines of the stanzas:

Simply put, for this particular event, you are required to pen a villonnet considering its guidelines:

~a poem in 15 lines, made up of 3 quatrains followed by a tercet (4 stanzas total)
~metric: iambic pentameter [a line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one lonf (or stressed) syllables: in other words, each line has 10 syllables and all the EVEN (2nd ,4th, 6th, 8th, 10th) syllable𝘴 are stressed].
~rhyming scheme:


[X being unrhymed (the superscript numbers signify repeated lines: L1 is repeated as L8 and L13 and L4 is repeated as L12 and L15)]

This poem secured third place in the montly poetry contest held by Penmancy.


Picture Credit : Pixabay


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